14th June, 2010
Atlantic Productions is producing a groundbreaking new 3D film in preparation for the launch of Sky 3D – Europe’s first 3D TV channel.
“Flying Monsters 3D” is a pioneering documentary about the prehistoric world, and will be written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, one of the UK’s best known broadcasters.
The film focuses on pterosaurs – flying vetebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet who lived 160 million years ago. It will use cutting edge 3D TV technology to bring the prehistoric world alive. Viewers will be immersed in the environment that these creatures – the size of small jet aeroplanes – inhabited.
Sir David said: “Having learnt my television skills in the days of black and white, and been involved with the introduction of colour, I’m thrilled to be part of one of the first 3D television projects. 3D is a wonderful way of seeing the world as the pterosaurs did, and it’s to Sky’s credit that they’ve taken on the challenge to be the first to broadcast in 3D. Pterosaurs are the most unlikely of creatures, but they dominated the skies for millions of years, and now this film will enable us to fly in 3D with the largest flying creatures the world has ever seen.”
The film will be released theatrically in both large format and IMAX cinemas around the world, but will premiere on Sky 3D later this year.
Award winning VFX studio Zoo will lead a team that will demonstrate the full potential of the latest generation 3D technology with innovative 3D effects. Zoo brings a wealth of talent to the project with members of the global team’s credits including Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia.
The 3D film was commissioned for Sky by Celia Taylor, Head of Factual and Features at Sky, and will be produced by Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions.